One of the priority areas of the Framework Programme on Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation in the field of youth policy for 2014-2019 is to promote the development of a training system for youth workers and youth leaders, as well as the development of quality and recognition of youth work and non-formal education in the country at various levels.

At its meeting in November 2018 in Moscow, the Management Committee of the Framework Programme stressed the need to expand the existing pool of youth trainers able to implement quality educational activities for young people, based on the values and approaches of non-formal education as practiced at of the Council of Europe Youth Sector.

The new Long-term training course for youth trainers from the Russian Federation involved in educational activities with young people based on non-formal education (the previous one was held in 2014-2015) is held in the period from November 2019 to October 2020.

The aim of the training course is to improve the quality of educational activities in the field of youth work in the Russian Federation, through extending the network of trainers with the necessary competences for such work, sharing the principles and values of non-formal education and using the quality standards of the Council of Europe.

Out of 130 applicants, the 31 participants were selected for the participation in he training course. Organisations dealing with youth work and youth policy at local, regional and international levels and from different regions of the Russian Federation, from Kaliningrad to Sakhalin, sent youth workers and trainers to develop their competences in non-formal education (NFE).

 Co-organisers of the training course are the Council of Europe Youth Department and the National Youth Council of Russia, with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education "MIREA - Russian Technological University".

The training course programme includes the following stages:
  • Initial residential seminar, 23-29 November 2019, Moscow
  • E-learning, November 2019 – September 2020
  • Practice phase: initiating and preparing activities from December 2019 to March 2020, implementing activities from March till September 2020
  • Mentoring, November 2019 – October 2020
  • Midterm meeting of participants, 19-21 March 2020, Russian Federation
  • Peer Support
  • Consolidation and evaluation seminar, 4-10 October 2020 (European Youth Centre Strasbourg, France)